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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Gallbladder Good Health Day

So I know many individuals that have had surgery to remove their gallbladder. So from that I know that the gallbladder is not a required organ to live. But that was about all that I was aware of. So I did a bit of research , I like to stay up to date so that if something occurs and I need the information I have it.

The gallbladder is part of the digestive system and also helps keep liver healthy. Fatty greasy foods are not good for the gall bladder.

Women are 3 to 4 times more likely to suffer gallbladder attacks than men. So what does the gall bladder look like and what can you and I do to avoid attacks



A gall bladder is 4 to 5 inches big and looks like a baby eggplant ( in some opinions) It is located just under the rib cage and liver. It is rare for people under 40 to need their gallbladder removed. There are a few things you can do to help avoid future gall bladder problems These include:



Foods that help keep your gallbladder healthy includee:



Banana Split Burrito



1½ tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tbsp slivered almonds
1 high fiber, high protein wrap (I used a low-cal flatbread)
1 tbsp Chobani vanilla greek yogurt
½ tsp cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
1-2 drops liquid vanilla stevia (optional)
½ fresh banana, sliced
1 large strawberry (about ⅛ cup), hulled and sliced
⅛ cup fresh pineapple or 1 canned pineapple ring, chopped
4 fresh cherries, stems and seeds removed

Heat coconut and almonds in a small pan over medium heat until toasted or light brown in color, about 2-3 mins. Remove from heat.
In a small bowl, mix together yogurt, cocoa powder, and stevia until well incorporated.
Spread the yogurt mixture onto the wrap.
On the edge of the wrap closest to you, layer the banana, strawberries, pineapple, toasted coconut and almonds, and top with cherries.
Roll the wrap and cut as desired.
Enjoy!

Mascarpone Rice Pudding with Dried Cherries

Mascarpone Rice Pudding with Dried Cherries
Yields 8 servings




1 1/4 cups arborio rice
2 cups water
3 cups milk
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
2 3-inch pieces of stick cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, or to taste
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup dried tart cherries

Place arborio rice in a large saucepan. Add water to completely cover rice (about 2 cups). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a gentle boil and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Drain rice, discarding the liquid.

In the same pan, combine the rice, milk, cream, sugar, stick cinnamon, ground spices, salt, and vanilla extract. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for about 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender, stirring frequently. Remove cinnamon stick and stir in mascarpone cheese. Add dried cherries.

Adapted from a recipe found in CountryHome.com.

Antioxidants What Are They



These days there is a lot of talk about anti-oxidants. But what are anti-oxidants?? Anti-oxidant rich food provides more nutrition than do other foods. For example one cup of green tea offers 10 to 40 mg of polyphenols and has antioxidants that are effectively greater than a serving of broccoli. It is the high antioxidant activity in green tea that makes it beneficial for protecting the body from damage.



An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is the chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, leading to chain reactions that may damage cells. Antioxidants terminate the chain reactions. Antioxidants also help protect cells from effects of free radicals. Free radicals are produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.



Antioxidants can be man made or natural. They all prevent or delay some type of cell damage. Diets high in veggies and fruits help a person stay healthy as all fruits and veggies are good sources of antioxidants. Antioxidant supplements to be beneficial in preventing diseases.

To get the most anioxidants from fruit and  veggies here are a few tips:

  1. Don't peel.
  2. Minimize chopping.
  3. Don't soak in water pre-cooking.
  4. Cook quickly at a high heat rather than slowly on a lower heat.
  5. Don't cook in copper pots (this reduces the amount of vitamin C)
  6. Frozen veggies are good sources of antioxidants.

Thanksgiving in September

A special day in September perfect for giving thanks occurs in the month of September on the 24th day. It is the longest continually celebrated Thanksgiving in the country. But why have many of us never heard of it?? 



There were fewer than 200 people who came to North America and settled the Pennsylvania Dutch region in 1733 and September 1734. They were aligned with the British and on September 24 they would offer thanksgiving to God for having they delivered from persecution. Now in this day and time the Schwenkfelder churches have fewer than 3,000 people as members. 

The Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving occurs each year on September 24th. There is no feast but rather a simple meal of water, bread , butter and apple butter. The date of the first Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving was September 24, 1734. There were no crops to harvest as they had just arrived. The people were thankful for escaping without religious persecution that they faced in Europe. Many members faced being driven from their homes, imprisoment in dungeon or being sold into slavery. 



The Schwenkfelders are descendents of a small Protestant sect that sprang up in Germany around the time of the Reformation. Their leader was Caspar Schwenkfeld and their church that still survives was the Schwenkfelder Church. 






Gold Star Mother's Day



Every mother has a child and every child has a mother. An active duty service member dies his or her mother will automatically become a Gold Star Mother. While no mother wants to be a member of this club it is one that they will proudly be part of.



To the members of the Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day:
I would like to thank you for your family members service. Yes, I am not a diplomat or an individual with any governing powers. Instead, I am a citizen of the United States that is protected by those in the service. I am thankful that your child or family member wanted to be one of those that stood up and out to serve those they did not know but all members of the United States. You have paid the ultimate price for our Nation's freedom with the life of loved ones. Together, with you I grieve the loss of your loved one but also know the pride you must hold for your son or daughter.

Thank You



Since the beginning our country has been built on men and women who willingly defend our Nation and its security. The members of the Armed Forces take an oath to protect our freedoms and liberty with the understanding of the commitment to defend our way of life. Those that loose their lives should not die in vain. They gave their life to protect and defend the freedoms for us all.


When the last rifle volley is fired, the final note of Taps echoes and fades away, and the carefully-folded National Colors are presented, it is our sacred duty to stand with these patriotic families to ensure they receive the care, compassion, and respect they have earned. On this day of remembrance, we pay tribute to those brave men and women in uniform who died protecting our great Nation, and we stand with the families who nurtured and loved them. Gold Star families have our sympathy, but more importantly, they have our respect and our gratitude.

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 115 of June 23, 1936 (49 Stat. 1895 as amended), has designated the last Sunday in September as "Gold Star Mother's Day."

Gold Star day is celebrated the last Sunday in September. This year this occurs on September 24th with Donald Trump as president.

Blue Moon



While "Blue Moon" may have been a great song it is not the only meaning for the term. A True Blue Moon happens when the moon appears to a casual observer as being bluish in color. Many things from smoke or dust particles can help change the color of the moon. The forest fires in Sweden and Canad in 1950 and '51 helped create a bluish color on the moon. Many spoke of a blue moon after the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption in 1980 as well as the Mount Pinatubo in 1991.



The visual of a blue moon occurs when the wavelength of red light is hidden by larger particles slightly wider with no other particles present. Blue moons are rare but occur at times during volcanic eruptions or forest fires. Ash and dust clouds caused by fires and storms normally contain a mix of particles with wide range of sizes. These particles tend to create blue light. Red moons are created during this process and are more common than blue moons.

The farmer's almanac states that a moon can also be considered "blue moon" when there are three full moons in a season of four full moons. In this thinking blue moons have occurred or will occur on:
  • 2009: December 2, December 31 (partial lunar eclipse visible in some parts of the world), only in time zones west of UTC+05.
  • 2010: January 1 (partial lunar eclipse), January 30, only in time zones east of UTC+04:30.
  • 2010: March 1, March 30, only in time zones east of UTC+07.
  • 2012: August 2, August 31, only in time zones west of UTC+10.
  • 2012: September 1, September 30, only in time zones east of UTC+10:30.
  • 2015: July 2, July 31.
  • 2018: January 2, January 31, only in time zones west of UTC+11.
  • 2018: March 2, March 31, only in time zones west of UTC+12.
  • 2020: October 1, October 31 only in time zones west of UTC+10.

As I stated before "Blue Moon" is also a popular song 
"Once in a Very Blue Moon" another song about the blue moon was wrote by Patrick Alger and recorded by Nanci Griffith in 1984. 
Yet another song released in 1990 was wrote and recorded by Traveling Wilburys. The title of this song was "New Blue Moon"  

There are many songs that mention and have the title of the "Blue Moon" One of my personal favorites is "Blue Moon of Kentucky" It is a bluegrass song that was wrote by Bill Monroe in 1946

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Autumnal Equinox


The picture above is not quite how the southern part of Illinois looks like today. In a few months though it will look like this picture in many beautiful ways. While today is the first day of fall we experienced temperatures that were 90 degrees and above. My grand-daughter stated she did not know what to wear today on the first day of fall blue jeans or shorts. I suggested shorts as it was going to be very hot yet she had a point should these high temps not be gone.



Today, September 22nd the Autumnal Equinox took place. The Northern Hemisphere happens on the day in which the sun crosses the celestial equator. The equinox happens every year and takes place between September 22nd to September 24th. Those living in the Southern Hemisphere know this day as their spring equinox.

Here in the northern hemisphere the autumnal equinox marks the end of summer and beginning of fall. It was important day to many mostly for the agriculturally based communities like the one I live in. There are many festivals that continue today that took place in the past to celebrate the fall harvest season



On the day of the Autumnal Equinox the sun can be seen directly overhead along the equator. The equinox takes place on one of two days when all points on Earth except the polar region sees the sun rise and set at due east and due west. There are few exceptions to this. There are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.





Spanish Potatoes



2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp tomato purée
1 tsp smoked paprika
800g potato, cut into small chunks
4 garlic cloves
juice ½ lemon
handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped

Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Mix the oil, tomato purée and paprika together, then coat the potatoes thoroughly in it. Squash the garlic in its skin with the flat of a knife and place on a baking tray with the potatoes.
Season well with salt and pepper, then roast for 40 mins, turning halfway through, until the potatoes have crisped up and are fluffy inside. Five mins before the end of cooking, sprinkle over the lemon juice and return to the oven. Serve with the parsley scattered over.

National White Chocolate Day::: Recipe for Candy Corn Halloween Bark


Just a bit over 5 weeks and it will be Halloween. So happy that today also happens to be white chocolate day. So with the two things in mind I set out to find a delicious Halloween treat with white chocolate as its base. This Candy Corn Halloween Bark works perfectly. Best of all this recipe can easily be turned into a family event as it is easy to make and kids will love it.

16 oz white chocolate chips
½ cup candy corn
¼ pretzel sticks, broken up
⅛ cup chocolate chip

Melt the chocolate using double boiler or the microwave; melt until completely smooth.
Pour the melted chocolate onto the a non-stick surface (such as a Silpat mat) and use a spatula to spread into a square shape in an even layer (9 to 10-inch square, approximately).
Drop the pretzels, candy corn and mini chocolate chips evenly onto the chocolate and press down gently after all are sprinkled on.
Let sit until set, about a half hour or 45 minutes for chocolate to harden. You can speed this up by sticking it in the fridge or freezer for 15 minutes or so.
Using a sharp knife, cut or break the bark into pieces (even squares or asymmetrically). The bark can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

National Ice Cream Day


Celebrate the first day of fall with an ice cream cone. After all, it is national Ice Cream Day. Here where we are it was in the 90s did not feel to fall like but was a great time for some ice cream. It is not ice cream day, that is celebrated in July. This is the day to celebrate the cone. It helps make ice cream portable without any trash.

The ice cream cone spun off of the Europeans using waffles to hold their ice cream. In 1825 Julien Archambault shared the custom of using "little waffles" as ice cream cones. This was published in a French cookbook and the idea was born. This has met disagreement as in the 1700s "wafers" were used to eat ice cream and the dish was known as "iced puddings" These wafers or cones were also found in English cookbooks from 1769 and 1770. So know  their were 2 claims as to where the cone had originated. There were more claims to come and it is not known exactly how or who created the ice cream cone.


No matter who invented the ice cream cone take a moment today to eat some ice cream in the cone with someone you love. After all, every day needs to be celebrated

Guess How Much I Love You

Do you not simply love all the great new adult coloring books on the market?? When I was a child I loved to color and so did my daughter. Now grown with a  30 year old daughter we both love to color. She is always looking for the best books on the market. That is why I love the giveaway over at the blog Heck of a Bunch because up for grabs on a giveaway that ends September 27 is a great coloring book and a swell way to tell someone you love them as well. If I win someone very special will get this book, that's right my daughter.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

21 Ways to Show You are Thankful



Many of us if not all of us have showed someone in our lives gratitude. This can easily be done in person and in my opinion if possible should be. Today, September 21st is World Gratitude Day and I thought I would share 21 great ways of showing gratitude

1. If a friend, colleague, or client goes above and beyond then a bit of gratitude should be shown
2. Another great way is to simply show our gratitude by treating others how we want treated
3. Find out where you can do some volunteer work
4. Donate, when you have to much or items you can not use
5. Recycle it will help keep the world clean and you may even make a bit of $$ to donate or keep
6. call someone that loves to talk to you that you may not have talked to for a bit
7. Did someone do something nice for you?? Send a thank-you card
8. Send someone that would appreciate it a card simply saying hi and how you love them
9. have a family conversation about what you are thankful for
10. take someone you care about to lunch
11. honor the success of others
12. always say thankful
13. let co-workers know you are thankful for them
14. give someone a hug
15. spend time to listen to others
16. start a tradition to show you are thankful
17. offer to help before asked
18. keep a gratitude journal and count your daily blessings
19. use your talents to help others
20 show your partner you not only love them but are thankful for them as well
21. best of all say the words Thank-You


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Fall Farm Safety


Farm families have forever worked together to get the work done. Every member of the family has forever had their own job to do. The problem of children being hurt while living, working or visiting ag work environments was something that had been observed for decades. With no national coordinated effort to do something about the issue the Surgeon General's Conference on Ag Safety and Health hosted in Des Moines, Iowa in 1991 highlighted the risk of individuals that were involved in agriculture. 
The following year a Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention conference was hosted in Wisconsin. The National Farm Medicine Center wanted to bring together research, education, policy and other interventions to help reduce ag injuries among children. A committee known as Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention of the NCCAIP was created and a national action plan came from it. 


Since many of us will be traveling to farms during the fall season. Some may even live on a farm like I did as a child. By the way we worked hard sometimes right by side our parents grand-parents when I was a kid. The one thing you need to watch out for is farm traffic. It is harvest season and just like many have jobs to do so do farmers. So take your time and watch out for farm traffic
Be aware of any signs that alert guest to areas to avoid. Also in case of emergency be aware of the fastest route back to town as well as to the Emergency Room.

Does the farm you visit have a petting farm?? Is there a way to properly wash your hands after you are done?? Be aware of where the safety lines are and do not cross. 

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Feast of St. Matthew

September 21: Feast of St. Matthew


This day celebrates the life Jesus disciple Matthew. He is responsible for writing the gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. One of four gospels the books tell the stories of Jesus Christ.



Matthew, was one of Jesus' 12 apostles. Levi was Mathew's real name until Jesus changed his name to Matthew. Matthew was a tax collector. In those days and times tax collectors were called publicans and were not widely admired. In fact, the job was one that was hated by many as they worked for Rome. Jews had to pay Roman taxes and the collectors kept a percentage for their own profit. Publicans did not have many friends.



Matthew would begin to follow Jesus and host a dinner for tax collectors and sinners alike. (Matthew 9:10) Jesus came to the dinner to eat as well. This the Pharisees had to object to as no teacher should be eating with sinners. Jesus announced he had came for all alike (Matthew 9:13)



Eventually for following, teaching and preaching Matthew would be put to death. This was not easy though as he refused to die. They had placed him upside down and lit him on fire but this did not kill him. After that they placed him in a coffin and tried to sink him in the sea one night. In the end the ruler of Ethiopia trying to kill Matthew apologized and was converted to Christianity.

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Light A Candle for World Peace


September 21st is International Day of Peace in 2017. This day was created to help promote peace among nations and individuals. Peace is both the state of being peaceful as well as building towards peace so future generations may gain hope for a better world. The United Nations created this day in 1981 and in 2002 was declared a holiday for all. The UN uses education and public awareness to help build the ideal of peace.



The United Nations Secretary General rings a bell made from coins from the countries that are represented and a special ceremony for the awareness of peace is held.

Peace cannot be kept by force: it can only be achieved by understanding
Albert Einstein

Teaching our children how to read, write and count is not enough. Education must include teaching mutual respect for each other and the world that we live in. This is the only way that the future will include peaceful societies.


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